Shirley J. (Vaughn) Zellers Thacker

Born: Mon., Nov. 4, 1935
Died: Mon., May 7, 2018


9:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sat., May 12, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 12, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Shirley J. Zellers Thacker, age 82 of Robinson, IL passed away peacefully on Monday May 7th, 2018 at 10:37 AM at the Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility, Robinson, IL surrounded by her close family.

She was born November 4, 1935 the daughter of Wilbur and Arabella (Sholders) Vaughn.  Shirley graduated Oblong High School in 1954.  On February 16, 1957 she married Gary Joe Zellers and he preceded her in death July 19, 2000.    

Shirley worked at Briggs Pottery in Robinson for many years as an office assistant/secretary.  Shirley excelled in her job with her typing skills and shorthand abilities. She was actively involved in 4-H as a member and leader. She also enjoyed 3-H and Home Extension clubs throughout her adulthood.  She was a member of a morning bowling league and was very close to that perfect 300 score a few times.  In her later years, she took much pride in volunteering as a Pink Lady for the CMH Auxiliary.  She also volunteered for years on the Crawford County elections as an Election Judge.  She made it a mission to always visit friends and relatives that lived close and in nursing homes.

On August 7, 1966 Gary and Shirley were blessed with a daughter, Gail.  At that time, Shirley retired from the pottery to focus her time on raising Gail and helping Gary with farming.  On May 12, 1972, Gary and Shirley were blessed once more with another daughter, Bobbi.  Shirley was a lifelong member of Dogwood Church in Oblong and Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church in Robinson, IL.  While attending Kirk Chapel, Shirley played hymns on the piano each morning before and during church services.  Shirley played the piano at Kirk Chapel for over 40 years.

Friends and family were Shirley’s passion and delight.  She never met a stranger.  Sunday dinners with her family was a must and gathering all together was always a joy.  She loved gardening, canning vegetables, feeding her hummingbirds, crocheting afghans for family and friends, and helping Gary in the fields.  Shirley was known in the community for her homemade noodles.  It became a small hobby for her.  Many people in the community would place orders for Shirley’s noodles for holidays and family gatherings.  Shirley was humble.  She was always surprised so many people wanted her noodles as she would often say, “Anyone can make noodles.”  In addition to raising two children, she always had an impressive garden and went to all sporting events, band concerts, and parades, to support her daughters while they were in high school.  Although always busy at home, she would drop everything to bring supper to Gary when he was working late in the farm fields or to drive the big “Zellers’ Farm” truck to the grain elevator

On April 30, 2005 she married Paul Thacker, and he survives.  They enjoyed traveling together.  Shirley was preceded in death by her mom, Arabella Vaughn, her dad, Wilber Vaughn, her husband, Gary Zellers, and one brother Russell Vaughn.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Paul Thacker.  Her daughters, Gail and Todd Weber, Terre Haute, IN and Bobbi and Mike Johnson, Martinsville, IL.  Shirley has four grandchildren, Thomas Weber and fiancé Anna Begley, Boston, MA; Kayla and Jason Highley, Milwaukee, WI; Cameron and Preston Ireland, both in Robinson, IL; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Laurie Vaughn, Oblong, IL; a sister-in-law, Marge Vaughn, Robinson, IL; and her beloved dog “Buddy”.  Also surviving are two step sons and a step daughter, Marty and Karen Thacker, Robinson, IL; Rob and Marlene Thacker and Sheryl McMillan along with many step grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and close friends.

Friends and family may offer condolences at her visitation at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL on Saturday May 12th, 2018 from 9:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM.  Burial will follow at the Kirk Chapel Cemetery, Robinson, IL.

Memorial may be made to the Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church, Robinson, IL or the Alzheimer’s Foundation with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Amy & Robert Carter
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Bobbi & Gail & families, sorry for your loss y'all are in our thoughts & prayers

Bonnie Weger
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Such a nice lady.

Kaye Holscher
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Always loved Shirley's pie crust and noodles. Spent many hours with her thru HEA. So sorry for your loss

Mark Varner
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Gail, Todd, Bobbi and Families:

I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Gary and I worked together for a number of years and spent time on snowmobiles and other "toys" on our days off around the Zellers Farm. Shirley was always kind with a wonderful smile on her face. I still savor those memories.

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Mark Varner

Scott Bowen
   Posted Wed May 09, 2018
So sorry to hear this, she was a wonderful lady. Heaven gained a very special Angel!!

Vivian & Norman Tracy
   Posted Wed May 09, 2018
Shirley was a great lady. We were in Oblong High, we both worked at the Pottery, we were Pink Ladies and we both loved Home Extension. It seems our lives always crossed. Shirley was like family. She was so very talented. May God bless her family.

Debbie Rich
   Posted Wed May 09, 2018
So sorry to hear about your mom. Your Mom and Dad spent many hours together, with our Mom and Dad, Gene and Barbara Dix. They have all United in heaven now. Your Mom was a special lady !!

Ann Emken
   Posted Thu May 10, 2018
Dear Gail and Bobbi, So sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley was a great lady who did so much for 4-H, HEA, and Extension. We all loved working with her. She was multi-talented and just knew how to get things done. She was so proud of you girls and your families. Her dedication & willingness to be involved will never be forgotten.

James Boone
   Posted Sat May 12, 2018

STRUCTURED DESIGN IN RED AND WHITE was sent by Jay and Julie Boone.

Phyllis (Brown) Hall
   Posted Sat May 12, 2018
I never saw Shirley without a smile on her face, at school. I was in the class before her @ OTHS.. although it has been years since we have seen each other, I will always remember her as a good friend.
God bless the family. I look forward to seeing her again.

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